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911 Tapes Reveal More About Deadly Shooting In Rockingham Co.

6:18 PM, Jul 12, 2013   |    comments
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Reidsville, NC - The Rockingham County Sheriff's Department has released three 911 tapes from the Hall Well and Plumbing fatal shooting incident earlier this week.

On the tape, a terrified and desperate Joan Hall, wife of the business owner who fired the gun, pleads for the operator to send help.

"They broke into the shop and they are coming to my yard. and they are rolling the copper wire," she blurted while trying to compose herself.

Hall was inside, while her husband, Steve Hall, was looking for the suspects. The incident happened aropund 3:30 Monday morning. 

According to what Hall told the operator, she and her husband heard the alarm to their business - next to their home - go off.

They went outside but did not see anyone. Moments later they saw some movement.

She says she ran inside to make the emergency call, while her husband looked for the suspects. 

"My husband's got his gun and he's shooting, please send somebody quick. Please," she pleaded through tears.

Hall's call was one of three emergency calls regarding the incident.

Sheriff's investigators say Brandon Hanks and Jesse Walker were attempting to steal close to $5,000 worth of copper from the property.

Ste Hall told investigators he shot and killed Walker when the suspect charged at him.

"The law will protect your right to use defensive force if the facts and circumstances add up,' Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger, Jr. said, in explaining the Castle Doctrine which investigators say may apply in this case.

Whether the circumstances add up is still under investigation. The DA says he is not ready to comment on the case just yet.

Meanwhile deputies are still combing through all the details.

"He went out there. he's got the gun. They dropped wire and left. I don't know where they are," Joan Hall continued on the 911 call.

The operator asked: "They dropped the wire. is he back in the house?"

"No, he's outside. he's looking for...but they are on foot. They are running towards Flat Rock Road," she answered.

No charges have been filed against Steve Hall for his use of deadly force. Sheriff Sam Page said earlier this week his actions appear to be covered under self-defense and North Carolina's Castle Doctrine laws.

The district attorney will decide charges, if any, once the investigation is completed.

According to the Castle Doctrine, the law does not apply if "the person against whom the defensive force is used has discontinued all efforts to unlawfully and forcefully enter the home, motor vehicle or workplace."

Berger, Jr. told WFMY News 2, 911 tapes are important to investigations but count as only one piece of evidence. He says there are many other factors to consider.

The surviving suspect, Brandon Hanks, is charged with burglary, theft and possession of stolen property.

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